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Alan Colmes, famous for Fox News' 'Hannity & Colmes,' died Thursday

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Alan Colmes, co-host of the popular Fox News program "Hannity & Colmes," died Thursday at the age of 66, Fox News reported.

Sean Hannity, his former co-host, called Colmes "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet" in a statement Thursday.  Colmes was one of the most prominent liberal voices on the network. He co-hosted "Hannity & Colmes"  from 1996 to 2009.  

Fox said Colmes died "after a brief illness" but did not provide further details.

Former Fox coworker Megyn Kelly tweeted a tribute to him.

Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen.
Sean Hannity

Hannity acknowledged the two had strong political differences but "forged a deep friendship" over the years. 

Fox News anchor Brit Hume also paid respects on Twitter.

Colmes' wife Jocelyn Crowley released the following statement:

"Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time."

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